Newcastle owner – and reported Spurs fan – Mike Ashley offers £1million incentive to beat Arsenal

Posted by - May 19, 2013 - Arsenal, Newcastle United, Tottenham

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon’s match.

Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas’ side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today’s other North London/North East clash. He reportedly landed at the club’s training ground in his helicopter to announce his offer on Friday.

But even if Ashley does support Spurs, his offer of the money – to be shared by everyone from the tea lady to the coaching staff, but not the players – is based purely on finances and not on sentiment.

A surprise Magpies win could catapult them as high as 10th in the table. That would mean £5million extra in the club’s coffers in prize money, so Ashley’s offer is really an investment in securing that.

Nonetheless, the bonus will offer some hope to Spurs fans upset by Alan Pardew’s suggestions that he wouldn’t mind losing 4-0 to the Gunners having already avoided relegation.

  • Leazes Ender

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has reacted accusations that he is really a Tottenham fan by saying that he ‘absolutely hates Spurs’.

  • seb

    Surely you offer it to the players?

  • TalentFG

    Seb- Why would you offer a “share of a million” to incentivise them? The money would make little to no difference to them. However to the tea lady and kit man etc it will. Perhaps the players may feel an obligation to play for them if not their own fans. It’s a great gesture by Mike Ashley. I struggle to see why he is getting grief for this. What will be will be. The only thing I know for sure is tomorrow when I wake up I’ll still be Spurs. COYS!